The website provides access to national, state, counties and metro data, and several industries derived from the Census of Manufacturers database.
Type of Material:
secondary industry data source
Identify Major Learning Goals:
As a data reference source, the site could be used as a module for teaching students how to access and make use of secondary data sources
The assignment posted on MERLOT contains learning objectives and instructions for making use of the site.
However, for the purposes of teaching and learning, the learning assignment currently attached to this stand-alone site is not all that engaging or visually appealing. Use if fairly limited to teaching students how to access and find government secondary sources. The module could be improved by providing a more authentic, real world problem and context for the assignment. Doing so would make students more motivated and interested in making use of the site. Currently, learning outcomes are not all that robust, except for the competency in accessing secondary sources.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The module has potential of being used in a variety of ways as a means of teaching students how to access and make use of secondary data sources.
While the usability of the site is in itself good, usability is mainly as a secondary industry data source; or, it could be used to teach how to use such a data source rather than using the data in it. Right now, it appears to be limited in terms of the number of different industry reports available.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Usability of the site is good.
Currently use is limited to accessing information, and to an extracting a fairly narrow range of data necessary to complete a data-driven assignment.
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